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End of Life Tips for Caregivers
By Ryan Mackey
At the end stages of life, do not
underestimate the loved one’s need for spiritual growth
and care through local clergy or religious communities
however insignificant it may seem to you.
Locate and understand all financial and legal papers
such as wills, power of attorneys, and bank accounts.
Make the necessary arrangements for a funeral or burial
and if this decision has not been made.
Do not cut yourself off from family and friends while
going through this situation, rather involve any
relatives who may wish to visit and spend some time with
the loved one.
It may be a good time to reconnect with any family or
friends of the loved one they may have lost contact with
over the years and see if they might be willing to talk
Do not minimize a loved one’s pain in your own mind.
Listen and understand their feelings and be willing to
support them no matter how difficult it becomes.
If they are still able to be involved with the hobbies
they have enjoyed over the years, whether it is doing a
crossword puzzle or watching a television show, try your
best to make it possible.
If their primary doctor has prescribed medicine for
their pain, but the loved one has yet to use it, you
should urge they take it to reduce pain as much as
hospice programs available that can provide comfort and
support for both patients and families.